THE VOICE OF THE MERIT SHOP®Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
is a national association with 74 chapters representing 22,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms. ABC's membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry.
- ABC is the construction industry's voice with the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government and with state and local governments, as well as with the news media.
- ABC's mission is the advancement of the merit shop construction philosophy, which encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.
- Through its national office and chapters, ABC's objective is to provide its members with an organization to deal with issues on an industry-wide basis.
- ABC's activities include government representation, legal advocacy, education, workforce development, communications, technology, recognition through national and chapter awards programs, employee benefits, information on best practices and business development through an online contractor search directory.
ABC was founded in 1950 when seven contractors gathered in Baltimore, Md. to create an association based on the shared belief that construction projects should be awarded on merit to the most qualified and responsible low bidders. Their courage and dedication to the merit shop philosophy spread rapidly, and within time, ABC became the fastest-growing association in the United States. Today, ABC is recognized as one of the leading organizations representing America's business community and the merit shop construction industry.
ABC values economic freedom within a free-market economy, with open and fair competition and diverse participants constantly striving to achieve the highest levels of personal and company performance.
ABC values the highest levels of personal and corporate standards of behavior characterized by responsibility, accountability and integrity, with demonstrated personal and industry professionalism by all participants.
ABC will continually strive to be the leading voice promoting free enterprise within the construction industry. ABC will promote and defend the merit shop philosophy. This philosophy encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach to construction based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.
The Vision of ABC is an environment in which people and companies succeed based on free-enterprise principles within the free-market system.
The Core Purpose of ABC is to advance and defend the principles of the merit shop in the construction industry and to provide members and their employees with an opportunity to succeed.
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to request membership information by email or call the ABC - South Texas Chapter offices at (210) 342-1994.
ABC is divided in to seven regions, each with a regional vice-chair who serves on the ABC-National Executive Committee. Texas is part of Region 3, which is comprised of 12 chapters from Arkansas (1), Louisiana (2), Oklahoma (1) and Texas (8). Most chapters provide construction industry education and training programs, government affairs programs and advocacy, safety training, special events (networking opportunities), and various members services, depending on each chapter´s members needs and demands. The construction market determines if there is more focus on industrial construction, such as the Texas chapters along the Gulf Coast, or commercial construction.
ABC-Texas is comprised of the eight chapters in Texas - North Texas (Dallas/Ft. Worth area), Greater Houston, South Texas (primarily San Antonio), Central Texas (Austin), Gulf Coast (Freeport area), Southeast (Beaumont/Port Arthur area), Coastal Bend (Corpus Christi) and Mid-Coast (Victoria). ABC-Texas´ main emphasis is state legislative matters, working to address the concerns and needs of the construction industry in Texas. ABC-Texas also provides a forum for the chapters to meet, exchange ideas, and discuss items of mutual concern, on a quarterly basis.